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Friday, November 22, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Best Things to do with Kids over Holiday Breaks

Remember the phrase in the Christmas song, "And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again." Well, while it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town, that also means the kids will be out for holiday breaks both next week and in December. We've rounded up our favorite things for kids to do over the holiday breaks.

Mind Masters Escape Room
Mind Masters in Clermont has escape rooms and fun pop-ups throughout the year. Over Thanksgiving break, they'll host a Student Puzzle workshop for ages 10-14. This includes the escape room experience, a tour of the facility and a puzzle design workshop. Cost is $50 per student. Visit their Facebook page for more holiday break workshops and fun through December. 


Plaster Cottage
Whether you visit here for the day or sign up for one of their special events, Plaster Cottage is one of the best hidden gems in Clermont. Make a plate for Santa's cookies, or paint an ornament, or just choose your favorite piece to paint. T ...

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Monday, November 18, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

What is an I Buyer and Should I use one?

Lately there has been a lot of talk about Ibuyer and the advantages versus using a Realtor but…what is an Ibuyer?  A search of the internet for a definition of Ibuyer comes up blank but it is believed to stand for instant or internet buyer.  It refers to a technology based company that uses an automated system to determine the value of homes they in turn make offer on to purchase.  These are companies like Offerpad, Opendoor, and Zillow offers. 
The pros to using these companies are that you have control and convenience.  Control to say when you want to move.  Convenience of not having to make the home ready for showings and time on the market. 
The cons are that these are investors so their offer is dependent on what they think they can make a return for their investors.  After all, they are going to place the home back on the market and sell it for a profit.  The price offered is not the same as the price a Realtor would lis ...

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Friday, November 15, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Things to Watch Out for when Buying a Home

Buying a home is a big life event, whether it's your first time or 5th time. Even if you're an experienced home buyer, there still may be some things you may forget about when buying a home. Keep these 5 things in mind when buying a home so that nothing surprises you.


Closing Costs
Buying a home is more than the "sticker" price on the For Sale sign. There are added fees such as the closing costs. These usually include things such as loan origination fees, appraisal fees, title searches, title insurance, surveys, deed recording fees, and credit report charges. Talk to your realtor and mortgage broker to find out just what you can expect in the closing costs. 


HOA Fees
Depending on where you buy a home, you may need to pay Home Owner Association Fees (HOA). Your monthly mortgage payment may or may not include these, so be sure to find out what the fees are, what's included, and how often it is paid. Additionally, determine whether this is rolled into your escrow monthly ...

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Friday, November 8, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Simple Add Ons to Increase Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to buying a home. As a home seller, you need to make sure your home wows the potential buyer from the beginning. Before a buyer ever sets foot in your home, they'll only see the outside in pictures. If they like what they see, they'll maybe do a drive-by, checking out the outside of the house and the neighborhood. Only then will a potential buyer reach out via an agent to see the rest of the home. Do these simple things to increase curb appeal to make a great first impression. 



Fresh Paint
A fresh coat of paint does wonders for the look of your home. It's like putting on the Sunday best for first impressions. The house appears cleaner overall. Go for a neutral if you can, although many homes in the area are a traditional Florida pastel. If your home looks good in yellow or turquoise, go for it. Otherwise, stay close to neutral or the original color to spruce it up a bit. 


Power Wash
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Friday, November 1, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Original Restaurants to Try in the Clermont Area

As we start moving into the holiday season, give your self a break from all the hustle and bustle and try out one of these original and delicious restaurants in the Clermont area.

Root and Branch
Root & Branch is a concept dreamed up by Chef AJ Craft and his wife Dana. The couple created Clermont's most unique dining experience, bringing their vision of casual fine dining to Clermont. The menu includes traditional Southern dishes such as fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, and shrimp and grits, elevated to exquisite and delectable combinations. You'll find plenty of local ingredients on the menu here. 


Clermont Fish House
So while the Clermont Fish House is not new,  it is newly expanded. If you like traditional English Fish and Chips, this is the place to get them. Located on the corner of Hwy 50 and East Avenue, the Clermont Fish House is owned and operated by British expats. They serve a variety of fish such as flounder, cod, catfish, haddock, and more. You c ...

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